Great American Steamboat Company


Company Overview:

In April of 2012, the grand American Queen will resumed her proud role of taking guests on Steamboating adventures through the heartland of America. Once again, you are able to enjoy the unforgettable river voyages with your family and friends.

The Great American Steamboat Company gives you everything you loved about the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, plus much more. By combining all the best attributes of the steamboat experience, we've taken Steamboating to a totally new level of historical enrichment, cuisine, comfort and service.

We offer all the adventures and amenities that have made Steamboating such a cherished American tradition – the history and heritage, the warm ambiance of a floating antebellum mansion, the thrill of exploring Mark Twain's America, the succulent dining, the showboat-style entertainment and dancing the night away to the sounds of swing and big band music. Combine this with gracious service from an all-American staff, and you have an experience that can only be found aboard the American Queen.

We've also added a host of new features to make Steamboating vacations more of a value than ever before. For example, shore excursions are now included in the price of your voyage if you make reservations by December 31, 2011. We're also offering complimentary soft drinks and bottled water, as well as complimentary wines and beers at dinner. And you'll be delighted to know that the American Queen will be serving the acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau.

Fleet Overview: The American Queen is the only vessel in the fleet. She is the largest steamboat ever built; four decks tall and replete with cozy rooms and solid entertainment. Full access to the bridge, the navigation room and even the engine room make it a fine and fun experience for everyone.

American Queen – The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity.

Although filled with today's modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display all the opulence of the American Victorian era. Glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques adorn her interior spaces. Outside, lacy filigree evokes memories of the many stately river steamers that preceded her and so inspired her designers.

While on board, you can select a volume from the vast collection in the Mark Twain Gallery, the boat's library. Or enjoy a sing-along in the Main Deck Lounge, and then tap your toes to a lavish show in the two-deck-tall Grand Saloon, the most elegant showplace on the river.

Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made Steamboating a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. One voyage and you'll see why.

Accomodations:

Aboard the grand American Queen, you can relax in a warm, inviting atmosphere of Victorian charm.

Appointed with the most luxurious amenities, all suites and staterooms feature plush bedding and fine linens, large mirrors, ample storage space, wall-to-wall carpet and a private bathroom with a shower. All accommodations enjoy nightly turn-down service and in-room Starbucks coffee along with complimentary bottled water and fresh fruit. Room size, decor and layout may differ within a particular category.

The Great American Steamboat Distinctions:

  • The only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America.
  • The acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau.
  • The only steamboat with multiple, specialty dining options, all at no additional charge.
  • Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage.
  • Complimentary wines and beers at dinner.
  • All staterooms feature gourmet coffee brewers and Starbucks coffee.
  • Gracious, friendly service from a professionally trained all-American staff.
  • The warm and inviting ambiance of an antebellum mansion.
  • Public rooms and accommodations are decorated with Victorian charm and carefully selected antiques.
  • Elegant-casual attire throughout your voyage – no formal wear required.
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard river historian.
  • Professional showboat-style entertainment nightly.
  • Nightly dancing to swing and big band music.
  • Enthralling calliope concerts and a chance for guests to play!
  • Exciting shore excursions provide an in-depth immersion into the history, culture and cuisine of America's heartland.
  • The greatest value in All-American vacations!

Destinations:

Upper Mississippi Early explorers and native tribes left their legacy behind in town names here: Joliet. Red Wing. Dubuque. Rolling farmland stretches out to the horizon; barges are measured in acres; man-made lakes and locks channel the river's flow. What to do on a river day? Grab your binoculars and study a pair of American bald eagles. Wave to the motorboat captains locking through the dam.

Fall Colors Vacations salute nature's rich palette of reds, oranges and golds as your steamboat traverses the Upper Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee rivers in autumn. You can shuffle through the leaves during shore excursions and learn from guest naturalists. At dinnertime, you'll sample the bounties of Heartland America, from pumpkin pie to hot, spiced cider.

Lower Mississippi Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. Once divided by these very waters, when cotton was king and the plantation lifestyle was at its zenith, the North and South were at war, each armed with conflicting visions of what was worth dying for. Look back as each battlefield and grave marker has a story to tell.

Ohio & Tennessee Rivers By any measure, the Ohio River is no mere tributary to the Mississippi, but a mighty river itself. Coursing nearly 1,000 miles with a watershed encompassing 14 states, the Ohio opened up America's movement West. Here too are the great Wilderness Rivers coursing through Bluegrass country, conjuring up tales of Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and raids by Cherokee and Chickamauga tribes.

Fine Dining:

Every meal aboard the American Queen is an affair to remember. Regina Charboneau, our Culinary Director and celebrated American chef, draws her inspiration from our great Heartland and has created a movable, delectable feast for you to indulge in. From piping hot beignets and bananas foster French toast for breakfast to succulent five-course dinners, every day celebrates the culinary senses.

Even more astounding than the choices you will find on our menus are your daily choices of dining venues. The opulent J.M. White Dining Saloon is the centerpiece, serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners that are befittingly grand. The Front Porch of America offers a wide variety of classic American favorites and can satisfy any craving, at any time, as it is open 24 hours. The Calliope Grill serves up views as spectacular as the grilled fare and fresh salads and offers romantic, alfresco dining in the evenings. Should you be feeling peckish in the wee hours, you will find the Moonlight Supper in the Engine Room Bar offers surprising midnight delights.


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